To mark Richard M. Nixon's 100th birthday, let's return to this wild 1968 campaign spot for Nixon (perhaps I watched it way back then) aiming for the youth vote, at the height of antiwar protest and hippie-dom, with a groovy musical opening and flashing images of young people. Vietnam? What's that? Now dig this: See if you can spot, early on, a certain familiar looking long-haired fella, I'm sure placed here accidentally: none other than acid tester Mr. Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead.
Well, as Nixon said, "Sock it to--Me?" Come join Uncle Dick's Band (and here's a George Wallace ad, perhaps suitable for GOP today, also from '68). See my Nixon book here. PLUS: Nixon ad from 1972 vs. McGovern on defense cuts--could Romney use this idea today?
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
When Nixon Dug Jerry Garcia
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch